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Early Puberty in Girls
Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arms. I have researched out the possible reasons, ie: environmental(plastics & pollutiants) & dietary(hormones in meats & dairy, etc) causes, and am being/have been as cautious as possible. [...]Read full story
The Colic Bacteria?
People used to be convinced that ulcer disease was caused by stress. The treatment of ulcers turned upside down when it was discovered and then proven that they were triggered by bacteria – it wasn’t a psychological problem after all. What if babies who cry a lot more than others aren’t just “fussy babies” but [...]Read full story
An astonishing forty percent of healthy babies and toddlers in a recent study had low levels of vitamin D. Results of this important study appear in the June 2008 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Children can get vitamin D in the diet, but the skin can also make vitamin D in response to time [...]Read full story
New Guidance on Febrile Seizures
Up to 5 percent of children will have a febrile seizure by the 5th birthday, something parents often describe as one of the most frightening moments of their lives (febrile seizures, not the 5th birthday). Watching a generalized seizure in someone you love can grab your heart by the throat. I know. It’s happened to [...]Read full story
Eating Fruit at School
You can send fruit with kids to school, but how do you get them to actually eat it? I can remember trading away healthy lunch fare as a child, or just bringing home an uneaten orange in my lunch bag. I soon learned to toss uneaten healthy food in the trash, to avoid uncomfortable questions [...]Read full story
Play is Good for the Heart
Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill evaluated nearly 400 seven- to ten- year-old elementary school children to find out how much active play they were getting and whether they had good aerobic fitness. They also took other measurements, including height, weight, body fat, blood pressure, etc. They checked these same children seven [...]Read full story
Try This At Home
Medical Centers are equipped with oxygen outlets on the wall. When newborns are having trouble at birth, 100% oxygen is routinely used as part of the resuscitation efforts. But around the world, not all babies who need resuscitation are conveniently close to an oxygen supply. A study published in the August 2003 Pediatrics looked at [...]Read full story
What happens when parents go outside to smoke? If parents completely ban smoking within the home, the nicotine byproducts in their baby’s urine are clearly reduced, according to a study in the August 2, 2003 British Medical Journal.Read full story
Day Care and Colds — Good News!
On average, kids in day care during the first three years of their lives get about twice as many colds as their peers during those years. But each time a child fights off a cold, she develops immunity to that virus.Read full story
Ulcers: A Pediatric Disease?
When do people “catch” ulcers? Many ulcers are caused by a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. When does this infection occur? A study published in the March 16, 2002 issue of the Lancet followed people from infancy into adulthood. The average age of infection was 7.5 years.Read full story